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Julia and Dani Barretto mark late grandpa’s birthday

Celebrity sisters Julia and Dani Barretto paid a touching tribute to their late grandfather, Miguel Alvir Barretto, on what would have been his birthday.

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09/30/2021 09:43 AM
Julia and Dani Barretto mark late grandpa’s birthday
Photo credit: @juliabarretto and @danibarretto Instagram

Celebrity sisters Julia and Dani Barretto paid a touching tribute to their late grandfather, Miguel Alvir Barretto, on what would have been his birthday.

The Barretto patriarch passed away on October 15, 2019, due to acute respiratory failure. He was 82.

Julia, 24, shared a photo of herself and her "angel" on her Instagram page on Wednesday, September 29.


"Happy birthday 9/29, my angel," she wrote in the photo's caption. "I miss you terribly."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Julia (@juliabarretto)

Her sister, Dani, 28, also uploaded photos of herself with her "Pikey", captioned with her birthday message for her grandpa.

"Never not thinking of you. Happy Birthday, Pikey!!!!" said the lifestyle vlogger in her post.

"Oh how we miss your smile, your laugh and your corny jokes.
In my mind, you’re here with us in the dining table eating ice cream," she continued.

Dani added: "Hope you’re having the best birthday in heaven! I love you so much, Pikey! Always and forever."

Dani and Julia are daughters of Marjorie Barretto, who is one of Mr. Barretto's better-known children. The other two are Gretchen and Claudine Barretto.

Shortly after their father's death, the Barretto sisters made headlines after a scuffle between Gretchen and Marjorie erupted at his wake, notably in front of President Rodrigo Duterte.

At the time, Julia, who was very close to her grandfather, took to Instagram to apologize to her "Pikey" as his wake that was supposed to be "a solemn occasion and celebration of your life" turned into a "circus."

“That instead of your legacy being remembered and given attention, it created noise and more damage," she continued. "This is not how it was supposed to be. I’m sorry that you watched all of this happen."

Julia said it was seeing their grandfather suffer, and then watching him leave their family, that was the toughest part.

READ: Julia Barretto on grandpa’s passing: ‘I thought I’ve experienced real pain’

In her post, Julia also promised to focus on sharing her grandfather's legacy and the "beautiful stories about how great of a person you were."

"Since your passing, I’ve been busy with work and I will focus on that because I know that that was your doing together with the Lord God," she said at the time.

"Your legacy will live on. I will keep my peace, focus on you, my faith, and the work that I have been receiving," she added.